"Rapper’s Delight" was belted out by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams last night. The Sugarhill Gang rap classic was performed on the "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" to everyone's surprise. According to The Hollywood Reporter on Feb. 20, it was actually a well-edited ruse.
Wednesday night, he debuted the video in question, which featured the familiar formula of clips of Williams reporting the news spliced together to make it seem like he's rapping.
Both Lester Holt and Kathie Lee Gifford make cameo appearances in this highly unusual version of "Rapper’s Delight." This bit should add a big boost to the amount of attention being paid to Fallon's new show if the video goes viral.
The "Rapper’s Delight" clip edit is the latest in a string of hits brought to you by Fallon on his shows featuring Williams. Warren G's "Regulate," Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations" and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's rap classic "Nuthin' But a G Thang," all have been featured.
"Rapper’s Delight" was the Sugarhill Gang's breakout hit from 1979 that brought Hip Hop, then a new art form to the forefront of music. It ranked #2 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs. The brilliant song was recorded in one take.
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